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Police seek Radcliff man wanted on sex charge

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Patrick Neal, 29, accused of sexually abusing female relative

By Sarah Bennett

A Radcliff man who was reported missing by his family in February now is wanted by police for a felony charge of sexual abuse.

Patrick Neal, 29, is wanted for one count of first-degree sexual abuse. According to police, the alleged victim is a female relative who is younger than 12 years old.

Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said the girl’s mother reported the allegations to police the same day Neal’s family reported him missing.

Neal was last seen at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at his residence in Radcliff, according to information RPD released to media the following day.

More than a month has passed  and Shumate said Neal has not returned to his Radcliff home.

“We don’t have any idea where he is,” he said. “We know he’s not come back home.”

The last information Radcliff Police received about Neal concerned a traffic stop in Geary County, Kan., Shumate said.

A Geary County sheriff’s deputy stopped him at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 and confirmed Neal was the driver, according to police.

At that time, Shumate said police had not obtained a warrant for Neal’s arrest.

“We didn’t have enough on him then to hold him,” he said.

Because the case is ongoing, Shumate said he could not reveal information about the incident that led to Neal’s charge.

First-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12 is a Class C felony, which is punishable by five to 10 years in prison if guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.